The Norwegian Football Association (NFF) confirmed through its official channels that the Norway-Turkey valid for the classification of the next World Cup will be played in Malaga. Tough entry restrictions to the Nordic country due to the pandemic prevent the match from taking place as planned at the Ullevaal Stadium, so the Norwegian Federation had to find an alternative plan. Three days before, on March 24, another qualifying match played in Gibraltar so understood that Malaga was a perfect location to play against Turkey. What the NFF did not confirm is whether the duel will be played in the Malaga city o en The Rose Garden, although both stadiums were inspected on previous dates.
Consulted Malaga sources pointed out that La Rosaleda is one of the options that the Norwegian Federation has considered and that they have tested the disposition of the club of Martiricos, although at the moment there is no nothing closed. It so happens that the date makes it viable for it to be played at La Rosaleda since Málaga will play that weekend away, specifically in Cartagena.
What was confirmed is that the match will be played behind closed doors and that this change in the Norwegian team’s roadmap has received the mandatory approval of both the Spanish authorities and the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The Norwegian federative entity explained that, after the meeting was held in Gibraltar on March 24, the Nordic team will travel to Marbella to stay at the Marbella Football Center, an operations center that knows well from other concentrations. Then, as reported on their official website, they will travel to Malaga to play against Turkey.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the corona situation, the NFF has decided that Norway – Turkey will be played in Spain. https://t.co/PO4jNacZa2
– The national football team (@nff_landslag) February 23, 2021